A major fire at Puerto Rico's main power plant leaves more than 400,000 people without power

A major fire at Puerto Rico’s main power plant leaves more than 400,000 people without power

MADRID, 11 Jun. (EUROPA PRESS) –

A large fire in Puerto Rico’s main power plant, Luma, has left more than 400,000 people without power this Thursday and has caused outages throughout the island.

The company has indicated through Twitter that around 6:00 pm (local time) “a fire broke out in a transformer in the San Juan substation” and that this has caused “major blackouts throughout the island.”

Also, at first the company has indicated that the fire has affected 400,000 people, however, the latest information provided is that the incident continues to affect 200,000 and that they continue to “restore service.”

The mayor of the Puerto Rican capital, San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz, has indicated through the same social network that “the first reports say that 1.2 million are without electricity” and has mentioned the president of the United States, Joe Biden, and to the Puerto Rican Democratic congresswoman, Nydia Velázquez, to request help to avoid a crisis like that of Hurricane ‘María’.

The spokesperson for the FBI in Puerto Rico, Limary Cruz Rubio, has indicated that this agency has opened an investigation to determine if the fire was an accident or a criminal act, according to the newspaper ‘El Nuevo Día’.

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